Adobe Shows Open Source Some Love With New Type Family
Chances are you don’t give much thought to the fonts on your computer. They’re there, they work, and that’s enough. Yet like most things software-related, fonts are the product of someone’s hard work, and they’re often subject to strict licensing. That’s why Adobe’s release this week of its first open-source type family is big news. Read on for details.
There are plenty of open-source typefaces in existence already, of course — like the collections here and here. Adobe’s not forging any new paths simply by open-sourcing a type family. But the quality of open-source typefaces — like that of most open-source software — varies widely. And more importantly, their support outside of the open-source world is not always a sure thing.
At the same time, many of the world’s most popular typefaces — Times New Roman, Arial and the other font families many of us grew up with — are governed by proprietary licenses. They’re consequently not always included by default within Linux distributions or other open-source products.
Of course, proprietary typefaces are easy to install manually if you don’t care about the licensing issues. And, if licensing does matter, Red Hat’s Liberation fonts provide a pretty complete and compatible alternative to popular
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